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Frailty (2001)

A mysterious man arrives at the offices of an FBI agent and recounts his childhood: how his religious fanatic father received visions telling him to destroy people who were in fact "demons."

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Bill Paxton

Writer:

Brent Hanley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Paxton ... Dad Meiks
Matthew McConaughey ... Adam Meiks
Powers Boothe ... FBI Agent Wesley Doyle
Matt O'Leary ... Young Fenton
Jeremy Sumpter ... Young Adam
Luke Askew ... Sheriff Smalls
Levi Kreis Levi Kreis ... Fenton Meiks
Derk Cheetwood ... Agent Griffin Hull
Missy Crider ... Becky Meiks (as Melissa Crider)
Alan Davidson Alan Davidson ... Brad White
Cynthia Ettinger ... Cynthia Harbridge
Vincent Chase Vincent Chase ... Edward March
Gwen McGee ... Operator
Edmond Scott Ratliff Edmond Scott Ratliff ... The Angel
Rebecca Tilney ... Teacher
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Storyline

FBI agent Wesley Doyle is startled by the declaration of youngster Fenton Meiks about how his father's delusions required him and his brother, Adam to become his 'demon-slaying' murder accomplices. But when Doyle accepts to be shown concealed victim graves, the plot twists in the present just as gruesome. Written by KGF Vissers

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Like Father, Like Sons/Sins See more »

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frailty See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,208,655, 14 April 2002

Gross USA:

$13,110,448

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,423,030
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Color:

Color (FotoKem)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Putting the name OTIS on the ax was completely director Bill Paxton's invention according to Brent Hanley at around 56 mins in the writer commentary. At around 1 hr 30 mins in the production commentary, it is noted that Paxton put the name OTIS on the ax to mark it so that the audience would know that it is an heirloom passed from father to son. See more »

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The timing of light flooding the bedroom is a little bit off at around 17 mins when Dad opens the curtains in the boys' room because it was shot on a stage. In the director commentary, Bill Paxton adds "It doesn't bother me, stuff like that." See more »

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Dad: You did good today, kiddo.
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Ball & Chain
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Genuinely Good Film
8 December 2004 | by jmvervilleSee all my reviews

The film is very complete in what it is, keeping one continuously interested with the flashbacks to childhood and growing up with such a bizarre father, and interspersing it with the tails of serial murder, one simply cannot go wrong. The very plot in itself, the very story and essence of the film, is entertaining. It is the sort of story that the director (Bill Paxton) could do so much with, and in this case, he really did do a lot with it.

From beginning to end you are kept anticipating more and more about what is happening and where the film is going, and the creativity that is behind this story is first class. I felt as if this film was exquisitely done from start to finish, and one of those rare gems that seemed to be without any boring lulls -- the action flowing neatly, quickly, and tightly from one scene to the next.

It demonstrates just how far people can go: so as to do such horrible things to their loved ones, and to do such acts of evil, in the name of 'God' when they are disillusioned as in this case. It also is sometimes interesting in its' twists & takes on the concept of morality as a whole.

Overall, this is the sort of film that one easily overlooks, but I would recommend you to not do likewise and to check this film out -- it is very much so worth your time.


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